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Kirinda-Palatupana-Yala Rd, Palatupana, Yala National Park 82000 Sri Lanka
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 06/16/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Tucked away on the gently undulating sand dunes bordering Yala which is the second largest National Park, and, on the threshold of the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Laya Safari beckons you to a memorable stay enjoying mesmerizing vistas all around you. Yala National Park, designated as a wild life sanctuary in 1938, covers a vast area of 979 Sq. Km.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Spa
24-hour security
Wifi
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Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Massage
Baggage storage
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Sun umbrellas
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Private balcony
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Ocean view
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Hansani H wrote a review Jul 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka17 contributions1 helpful vote
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It was a sudden decision to visit yala and we booked Laya Safari. Stayed for one night but that was with full of experiences. The Laya Team warmly welcome us to the hotel with following all safety guidelines. It was my husband's birthday but I was not expecting a celebration, yet the Krishan, Umesha and Rangana from the reception has arranged a cake for him. We were accompanied to our room by a receptionist and yes another surprise was waiting at the lawn. we knew that hotel often visited by a wild elephant but we never expected to see him so soon. It was just in front of us and was very calm. we had to wait a bit till he moved away to go to the room. We got a Sea View upper floor room and room was spacious with all required facilities. Bathroom also equipped with tub, hair dryer and all required equipment for a comfortable stay. Bathroom was large and clean. Most Amenities are environment friendly. Room had a large double bed and separate are for relax and watch TV which has a cozy sofa , TV and Minibar facing to Sea. Outside terrace was with two chairs which provided comfortable place to have the evening chat with a hot tea while watching the sea. We had several meals at Laya. The food was really delicious and had a touch of Sri Lankan taste. There were variety of food to be selected and the staff was ready to cater our requirements. Since we were there on weekdays, there were less crowd which made so comfortable. The nice swimming pool provided beautiful evening view with the sunset. Pool Attendant Pradeep had a good knowledge of the area.He explained about the sea and the Maha Rawana & Kuda Rawana Light house with the folk stories. The next day we went on Yala Safari and Jeep was arranged by the hotel. The driver was very good. We had morning safari and returned to hotel round 10am. Hotel has a good spa and well equipped gymnasium. Also hotel has it's own farm. they grow Chilies, cucumber, pumpkin, long beans, bell-pepper, bitter guard and many other vegetables. Overall staff is very friendly and always welcoming and ready to attend your issues. The biggest staff, the elephant often visit the premises but very calm and eating the grass from the hotel lawn and drinking water from the ponds. Highly recommend the hotel as they provide best service and all the facilities for a wonderful and unforgettable stay.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Response from Lalith Jayasinghe, General Manager at Laya Safari
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us recently and for writing such an amazing lengthy review of your experience. We do take pride in catering to our guests needs the best way we can. We appreciate your positive feedback regarding our resort, room and food quality with varieties of food in the restaurant and the rest of facilities. I will make a point to share this with the entire team who will be thrilled in meeting your expectations. Let me take a moment and share your wonderful compliments with the team, whom I know will be very happy in meeting your expectations. Also, your valuable feedback gives us great motivation for the whole team to hear about your satisfaction. We are truly honored and appreciate your trust in us and recommending us as the best hotel in YALA. Please continue to take good care of yourself and your family and we can’t wait to welcome you all back for many more wonderful experiences. Best Regards, Lalith Jayasinghe, General Manager
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Thilani Silva wrote a review Jul 2020
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When we enteted to the hotel we got a great eramusu drink and we suprised about the drink.The people who were in the reception talk with us very obdientely.After we entered to the room we are so happy about the room decoration and the view of the sea.its very clean and tidy room.About resturant we had delious mushroom soup its very tastey.delious food.staff of the resturant gave us their superb attation to us.they are very kind.Every where in the hotel is very clean.and the garden of the hotel flower pots decoration are great.swmming pool area also too beautiful and clean.At the night time we saw a very beautiful loction.we are willing to come again to the LAYA SAFARI. And we thank all of the staff at the hotel.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Lalith Jayasinghe, General Manager at Laya Safari
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us and for writing wonderful review of your experience. We do take pride in catering to our guests needs the best way we can. We appreciate your positive feedback regarding our resort, room and food quality and the rest of facilities. I will make a point to share this with the entire team who will be thrilled in meeting your expectations. Your valuable feedback gives us great motivation for the whole team to hear about your satisfaction. We are truly honored and appreciate your trust in us and giving a note of promise to visit us again Please continue to take good care of yourself and your family and we can’t wait to welcome you all back for many more wonderful experiences. Best Regards, Lalith Jayasinghe General Manager
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Sindy De Silva wrote a review Jul 2020
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LayaSafari is one of the best hotels I have stayed at, and I have stayed in every 5 star hotel Sri Lanka . The bedrooms and amenities are excellent. The food is very good and tasty. The staff is excellent. I give it 5 starts.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing Laya Safari Resort & Spa and taking the time to share your valuable feedback about your experience with us. It is with great pleasure to note how much you have enjoyed your stay with us We do take pride in catering to our guests needs the best way we can. We appreciate your positive feedback regarding our resort spacious rooms with amenities and food quality. I will make a point to share this with the entire team who will be thrilled in meeting your expectations. We are truly honored and appreciate your trust in us and giving us a 5* rating We wish you healthy times ahead and look forward to welcoming you back to another wonderful staycation. Best Regards, Lalith Jayasinghe, General Manager
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Sanjeewa De Sila wrote a review Jul 2020
Gampola, Sri Lanka8 contributions
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The stay was super and great.The foods were delicious.We stayed for 1 night in sea view room in the upper floor which has a nice view. The rooms are kept clean & well maintained.Hemal Silva and staff provided us with an end to end service.I would like to extend my special thanks to Hemal Silva and Staff.Keep up guys.Hotel Highly recommended. 202kJuly20 Sanjeewa De Silva
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Lalith Jayasinghe, General Manager at Laya Safari
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us recently and for writing such an amazing review of your experience. We do take pride in serving to our guests needs the best way we can. We appreciate your positive feedback regarding our resort, room and facilities. Let me take a moment and share your wonderful compliments with the team, especially house keeping team with Mr Hemal whom I know will be very happy in meeting your expectations. Also, your valuable feedback gives us great motivation for the whole team to hear about your satisfaction. We are truly honored and appreciate your trust in us and recommending our resort to the travelers Please continue to take good care of yourself and your family and we can’t wait to welcome you all back for many more wonderful experiences. Best Regards, Lalith Jayasinghe General Manager
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Shari wrote a review Jul 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka2 contributions
Chose this hotel based on location & reviews but probably one of the most disappointing hotels we have stayed in by far. Have summarized below to illustrate. * Welcome drink was hot, tasted like green tea, and after several hours of travel from Colombo in the hot Sri Lankan sun, this is the last thing that people need! * Rooms are lovely but not suited to young kids and elderly persons. For instance, the room is on split levels and to get to the lower level there are a couple of steps but with no railing or support, so was a nightmare for my elderly parents. The railings to get to the cabana style rooms as well as some of the wooden steps were also broken, although these were rectified immediately on being pointed out. * Food was mediocre. However the restaurant staff were friendly and accommodating. * When we requested ice from room service, we were told that the ice machine was broken and that there was no ice in the hotel! * We were also shocked at the waste of natural resources. Most of the water sprinklers on the lawn were broken and just flooding water onto the pathways for hours on end. It was our understanding that the Army was in charge of maintenance, but surely there are supervisors to note these? The lockdown has probably contributed to the drop in quality at this hotel but will definitely not recommend to anyone.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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PRICE RANGE
$79 - $212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Sri LankaYala National ParkPalatupana
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Laya Safari
Which popular attractions are close to Laya Safari?
Nearby attractions include Kirinda Viharaya (4.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Laya Safari?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Laya Safari?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Laya Safari?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Laya Safari?
Conveniently located restaurants include Yala Waves Beach Restaurant, Aqua House Seafood Restaurant & Hotel, and The Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Laya Safari?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Laya Safari?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Laya Safari have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.